Dutch diploma or Dutch education programme
Have you already gained a diploma in the Netherlands? Or a diploma in Belgium or Suriname in the Dutch language? Then maybe you don’t need to go through the integration process at all. This is called a full exemption. Or you don’t have to take all the integration exams. This is called a partial exemption.
Which diplomas and programmes
A diploma from these programmes may get you a full exemption:
- mbo level 2 or higher
- hbo, if the programme was in Dutch
- wo, if the programme was in Dutch
Were you already obliged to integrate before 1 January 2015? Then you may also get a full exemption for a diploma from these programmes:
- NT2 State exam
A diploma or certificate from these programmes may get you a partial exemption:
- NT2 State exam (if you were obliged to integrate from 1 January 2015 or later)
- spoken Dutch exam (TGN) as part of the Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad (only if you took the exam before 1 November 2014 and obtained at least 37 points)
Education programme in the Netherlands
Are you attending a training or education programme in the Netherlands? In this case, you sometimes don’t need to integrate for now, but you will have to later. This is called a temporary exemption. You need to meet the following conditions:
- The programme entitles you to a full exemption if you obtain the diploma.
- You started the programme before or on your 18th birthday.
Applying for an exemption
- Complete the form ‘Aanvraag vrijstelling’ (Application for exemption).
- The form states the conditions, and which documents you need to send with it. Send the form and the documents to DUO.
- DUO decides whether you are granted an exemption, and what kind of exemption.
Are you not eligible for a temporary exemption? You can get more time to integrate if you meet these conditions:
- You are you attending a training or education programme in the Netherlands, in Dutch.
- The programme must entitle you to a full exemption if you obtain the diploma.
- Your integration will end within 6 months.
Are you attending secondary education (VMBO, HAVO, or VWO), secondary vocational education (MBO) or secondary educations for adults (VAVO)? The extra time will be awarded automatically. Are you in a different type of education? Please send DUO the Aanvraag verlenging inburgeringstermijn bij reguliere opleiding form.
- Complete the form 'Aanvraag verlenging inburgeringstermijn bij inschrijving reguliere opleiding'.
- Ask your school for a proof of enrolment.
- Send the form and the proof of enrolment to DUO.
- DUO decides whether you are given extra time.
- Are you still studying when your integration period ends? You will get 6 extra months every time this happens. You can receive an extra extension for a maximum of 2 years.
- Are you no longer studying when your integration period ends? If so, we will check how long you studied. For instance, if you studied for 8 months, you will get 8 extra months to integrate. You will never get more than 2 extra years.